A CRD parks employee points to a tree during a guided tour, while a family of three watches.CRD Regional Parks protects and manages more than 13,300 hectares of natural areas in 33 regional parks and four regional trails on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, providing outdoor experiences and activities that improve personal health and foster appreciation and respect for the region’s natural environments. 

The CRD develops and maintains park facilities, offers interpretive programs for continued park stewardship and plans for future land acquisitions focused on parcels with a high potential for conserving and restoring our natural resources.

Desired Outcome

Additional land acquisitions and increased access to parks and recreational trails that respect Indigenous culture and conservation values

Key Strategies & Plans

  • The CRD Regional Parks and Trails Strategic Plan 2022-2032 sets the direction for regional parks and trails over the next decade and beyond. It defines the long-term ‘big picture’ framework for our regional parks' system. 
  • The Regional Trails Management Plan (2016) guides decision-making, priority setting, and planning for the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, the Lochside Regional Trail and the E&N Rail Trail - Humpback Connector and future regional trails.
  • The Regional Growth Strategy promotes the long term livability of the region by enhancing social, economic and environmental performance.
  • The Regional Parks Land Acquisition Strategy identifies guiding principles and criteria for selecting desirable parcels of land to purchase as regional park.

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